Cycling South Africa reports that Maroesjka Matthee has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation after an in-competition test conducted on 8 August 2016 confirmed the presence of Pseudoephedrine.
The SAIDS Independent Doping Hearing Panel imposed a period of ineligibility of one year, commencing on 02 October 2016. Ms. Matthee is therefore suspended and prohibited from competing and administering in the sport of Cycling as well as in any other sport in South Africa and Internationally from 2 October 2016 – 1 October 2017. This decision may be appealed by Ms. Matthee, the UCI and SAIDS.
Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and will respect the outcome. Cycling SA further reiterates its zero-tolerance approach to doping in sport and will continue working with SAIDS in the promotion of a drug-free sport via its awareness and extensive testing programmes.